When Brian Barton slams a two-out, three-run home run in the ninth inning to tie the game like he did Tuesday night against Harrisburg, you gotta figure the Aeros are in line for a win.
When reliever Jim Ed Warden continues the momentum by coming on in the 10th and shuts the Senators down for two frames, you gotta figure the Aeros are in line for a win.
Despite such late-inning heroics, Tuesday night's game did not end in an Aeros win.
Instead, Harrisburg's rookie catcher Luke Montz made like Barton and hit a three-run home run off Aeros reliever Mariano Gomez in the top of the 12th inning for an 8-5 win that sent Akron to its fourth consecutive loss and ninth in its last 11 games.
The team's once comfy 6-game lead in the Eastern League Southern Division is down to a half game - and that only because Erie was rained out at home against Reading Tuesday night.
The Aeros are tired, beat up and in desperate need of a spark to turn the season back around.
Anyone got any ideas?